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42-40660

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator #42-40660 'Little Richard' 513th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew as lead ship for 376th BG on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid piloted by Dean E Lear, returning safely to Libya.
1/8/43 Crew: Sgt. Grosse, Sgt. Bale, Sgt. Johnston, Sgt. Masterson, Sgt. Hoover, Lt. George A. Lascurettes, Lt. Kenneth D. Hamilton with pilot 1st/Lt. Wayne V. Friberg and Co Pilot Lt. Richard F. Hurd.
Lost 19th Aug 43 to Italy , ditched in Mediterranean, Pilot Wayne V Friberg - 7 KIA / 2 POW / 1 RTD. MACR 324. Navigator Kenneth D Hamilton survived ditching and spent 18 hours in sea.

19/8/43 Crew:
1st Lt Wayne V Friberg Pilot, 1st Lt Richard F Hurd Co Pilot, 2nd Lt George A Lascurettes Bombardier, 2nd Lt David O Schoocraft, Kenneth D Hamilton Navigator
T/Sgt Woodrow W Johnston Engineer, T/Sgt Jewett A Bale Radio Op.
S/Sgt Parke L Hoover Gunner, S/Sgt John J Masterson Gunner, S/Sgt Albert Grosse Gunner

Service

Units

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

People

  • John Gekas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Bombardier B-24 Liberator #42-40660 'Little Richard' 513rd BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

  • Dean Lear

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-24 Liberator #42-40660 'Little Richard' 513rd BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew lead A/C for 376th BG on 1st Aug Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew as lead ship for 376th BG on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid piloted by Dean E Lear, returning safely to Libya.

Failed To Return FTR Mediterranean Sea 19 August 1943

Lost on 19th Aug 43 to Italy, ditched in Mediterranean, Pilot Wayne V Friberg - 7 KIA / 2 POW / 1 RTD. MACR 324. Navigator Kenneth D Hamilton survived ditching and spent 18 hours in sea.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

513th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2015 11:42:03 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.freewebs.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 324

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